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The Indigenous Working Group has been launched and membership registration open!

Post ratification of the Indigenous Working Group by the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) Governing Council in November last year, the interim Working Group members have been working towards the official launch. The Indigenous Working Group has formally launched on May 24th in Geneva alongside the World Health Organisations World Health Assembly.

The launch was held at the University of Geneva and attended by over 60 people in person and viewed online by over 900 people. Attendees were from all around the world and were active participants in the yarning circle. A yarning circle is an Aboriginal methods of facilitating sharing amongst its members with a focus on deep listening.

Since the 15th World Congress on Public Health held in April in Melbourne last year, the WFPHAs first Indigenous working group has been in process of establishment.

To progress the Group, after the World Congress interim Co-Chairs Carmen Parter from Australia and Adrian Te Patu from New Zealand were appointed. Emma Rawson from New Zealand and Summer May Finlay from Australia were interim Co-Vice Chairs. These four members were the driving force behind the establishment of the group from its endorsement at the World Congress.

The Indigenous Working Group of the WFPHA aims to assist in reducing the health disparity and inequities experienced by Indigenous people globally. The Working Group’s objectives are to

  • bring together Indigenous peoples from around the world to share and learn from each other
  • engage in collective advocacy,
  • partner with existing international groups working in Indigenous affairs,
  • source any funding or in-kind support to support the work of the IWG and
  • seek out research opportunities that develop the evidence base that informs global Indigenous public health policies.

To support the Indigenous Working Group, connect with Indigenous people around the world, a Twitter account, @IndigenousWFPHP and a Facebook page, @IndigenousWFPHA have been created. For members of the group there is also a closed Facebook Group.

The aim of the group now is to increase its membership and development of its three year plan. Indigenous people who are members of a WFPHA member are invited to join the working group. Non-Indigenous members of a WFPHA member are able to join as an associate member.

If you are a member of an organisation which is a member of the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHAs) you can join the Indigenous working Group. Not sure if your organisation is a member of the WFPHAs? Click here to view the list of their members.

Indigenous people click here to join.

Non-Indigenous people click here to join.

More information about the Group can be found on the WFPHA website

Attached is a membership flyer. Feel free to send it to people you think might be interested!

The Working Group

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The Indigenous Working Group was established in April at the 15th World Congress on Public Health, which was held in Australia. Since this time, they met on Monday the 4th of September, 2017 – where the photo was taken.

Aim and Objectives

The Indigenous Working Group of the World Federation of the Public Health Association aims to assist in reducing the health disparity and inequities experienced by Indigenous people globally. The Working Group’s objectives are to; bring together Indigenous peoples from around the world to share and learn from each other, engage in collective advocacy, partner with existing international groups working in Indigenous affairs, source any funding or in-kind support to support the work of the IWG and, seek out research opportunities that develop the evidence base that informs global Indigenous public health policies. The working group will be underpinned by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (United Nations 2007). This will ensure that the Working Group acts in an ethical and culturally appropriate manner. One of the key elements of the Declaration is self-determination with articles 3, 4 and 23 specifically relating to self-determination. Self-determination is a key component of the Declaration; therefore, the Indigenous Working Group will be led by Indigenous peoples (see the WFPHA Indigenous Working Group Membership Briefing Paper). This aligns with and will continue to support the WFPHA’s Global Charter and its Strategic Plan. In addition, it continues to contribute towards the goals and priority areas of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Membership criteria To be a Member of the Working Group you must be:

  • Indigenous
  • A Member of a WFPHA member organisation
  • Endorsed by their respective WFPHA member to participate

Associate members

To be an Associate Member of the Working Group you must be:

  • A Member of a WFPHA Member organisation (see WFPHA membership list)
  • Endorsed by their respective WFPHA member to participate

To read the proposed briefing paper please click here

If you are interested in joining the working group, contact us.

 

Events

Indigenous Health WG event

The Indigenous Health Working Group (IHWG) of the WFPHA hosted an event on Thursday, 24th of May 2018 in Geneva at the WFPHA International Office, as the official launch of the Working Group and also with the aim of identifying Indigenous peoples priorities.

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News and Latest Reports

To read the last report of the Working Group, click here.

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